News on religion
- 12 January 2012
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Research into race and religion also discovered that the number of people who say they are non believers is on the increase.
While Christianity remains the faith followed by the overall majority figures have been falling, down from 77 per cent in 2005 to 70 per cent in 2010.
Over the same period, the number who say they have no religion rose from 15 per cent to 21 per cent.
The research also showed that Christians are less than half as likely to attend a place of worship as followers of other faiths.
The findings come in the same week Prime Minister David Cameron spoke about the importance of Christianity to Britain and urged the Church of England to take a lead in reinforcing moral values in society.
The report said: “While Christianity remained the most prevalent faith in England and Wales, between 2005 and 2010 there was a steady decrease in the proportion of people who identified themselves as Christian.
“Christian people were much less likely than all the other main religions to say that they practised their religion, while Muslim people were the most likely to practise their religion.”
Despite this, the number of Christians who said they went to church regularly was up from 31 per cent to 33 per cent.
The Citizenship Survey, which was produced by the Communities Department, was launched in 2001 by the then Labour government in an effort to chart the levels of prejudice.
But the current Community Secretary Eric Pickles has scrapped the survey after concluding that the £4 million cost of the survey could not be justified.